26 Jun 2018

Samoa corruption investigation broadens

2:18 pm on 26 June 2018

The inquiry into corruption allegations against the assistant chief executive of Samoa's Ministry of Works and Infrastructure is widening.

Fepulea'i Faleniu Mark Alesana

Fepulea'i Faleniu Mark Alesana Photo: Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure

Fepulea'i Faleniu Mark Alesana has been formally charged with six charges by the Public Service Commission over his connections to a Thailand-based ship registration company, Ascent Navals.

Ascent Navals had earlier lodged a complaint against the ministry chief executive, Su'a Pou Onesemo, and during its investigations the PSC uncovered that Fepulea'i had a relationship with the company and he had admitted to occasionally taking money from it.

He told the PSC investigation the money he received were gifts.